2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Australia’s Emily Seebohm and American Missy Franklin have both missed the Olympic 200 back final, after the two combined to win every World and Olympic title since 2012.
It’s been a surprisingly rough Olympics for Seebohm coming off almost a full calendar year where she was unbeatable worldwide in the backstrokes. She won the world title last summer in Kazan Russia, and was the silver medalist a year earlier at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Seebohm tore up the World Cup series last fall, and looked like the favorite in both backstrokes heading into Rio.
But she’s struggled so far, falling to 7th in the 100 back and going 2:09.39 to take just 12th in the first 200 back semifinal. That leaves her out of the medal final tomorrow night.
Franklin upset Seebohm for the Olympic gold medal back in 2012, when it seemed she could do no wrong. Franklin would go on to win the event at the 2013 World Championships, one of a record-setting 6 golds she won at that meet.
In the second semifinal tonight, Franklin was just 2:09.74, taking 14th and missing the final.
The two won gold (Seebohm) and silver (Franklin) at last summer’s World Championships, meaning the only 2015 medalist still in the final is Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu.
Franklin is done for these Olympics, while Seebohm will likely swim a leg of Australia’s 4×100 medley relay.